Jonathan Van Ness has received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine!
the Queer eye star, who is HIV positive, is urging others who are HIV positive to do the same.
Van Ness shared a photo of himself receiving the COVID-19 vaccine on Monday and revealed that he is in New York, where the vaccine program expanded its qualifications for which pre-existing conditions qualify someone to receive the vaccine, with HIV being a of them.
“In New York, where I am working, the vaccine program expanded to include people with pre-existing conditions, being HIV + is one of the conditions that allows people to get vaccinated, so if it is HIV +, check the guidelines for your state to see if you are eligible and get vaccinated against covid-19. ” Van Ness urged on the Instagram post.
“There was a list of other conditions that allow vaccination, so wherever you are check the lists and see if you can queue. Some places like Cali will give leftover doses, but just see what is happening in your area. If there were not I’ve been looking online every day I wouldn’t have seen it, so definitely get involved in its search. This was my first injection and apart from a slight pain in my arm, it had no side effects and I will be getting my second injection in a few weeks. ” revealed.
While the guidelines and qualifiers differ by state, Van Ness asked fans to help each other access this information so that they too can get vaccinated.
“Each state has different guidelines, so you will want to see yours. You definitely need patience, resolve, access to the Internet to do this, so please if you can help others get information or access yours. Big hug! and happy monday !, I know my strongest mask should sink in, but I didn’t want to take off the mask to put on the strongest one so I layered them as is! Stay safe xx, “he added.
The 33-year-old reality star revealed her HIV status in 2019 in her reveal book, Excessive.
“That day was as devastating as one would think it would be,” he writes in his memoirs, according to The New York Times. With his book, Van Ness told the newspaper that he wants to draw attention to misperceptions about being HIV positive and describes himself as “an avowed and proud member of the beautiful HIV-positive community.”